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October 9, 2013 - 10:03 am

If you thought the Shutdown Follies couldn’t get any more absurd and spiteful, you were quite mistaken.

It was announced today that an annual sandcastle contest on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach has been cancelled out of sheer malice by the Obama administration, despite the fact that the beach on which it is held — part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area — normally has no lifeguards, no rangers, is permanently open to the public, and requires no funds for day-to-day operations:

A popular youth sandcastle contest on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach is the latest local victim of the federal government shutdown, event organizers said today.

The Leap 30th Anniversary Sandcastle Contest was planned for Saturday, but the continued standoff in Congress over the federal budget is causing organizers to postpone the event until a later date.

Thousands of people were expected to attend the free event, with more than 20 local schools participating. Leap, a local arts advocacy nonprofit, has held the contest for the past three decades.

In a letter sent to participating schools and teams, event organizers said officials with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area notified them on Monday that the contest could no longer take place since Ocean Beach is part of the GGNRA and is closed.

We were told that we could be fined for trespassing and that our permit was no longer valid,” the letter said. “We were also told that our event could be shut down by park rangers or by San Francisco police.”

This comes on the heels of the announcement earlier today that the Cliff House restaurant, which overlooks the beach where the contest is held, was also ordered to be closed indefinitely.

A nonprofit that helps children wants to hold their 30th anniversary sandcastle contest? GET OFF MY BEACH says the president.

And the children cried.


Also see:

Shutdown Showdown: SF’s Cliff House Defies Obama Admin, Reopens — and Is Forced to Close AGAIN

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I truly hope you're right, but how many of these incidents that we are so keenly aware of because we know where to look are being kept out of the public eye by the media?

My parents visited this weekend. They only peruse a little of the media and had no idea that Harry Reid had made his remarks about the NIH funding.

A man set himself on fire on the mall. Why do we know nothing about him? After Sandy Hook it was all anyone could report on, but someone burns himself alive and we know nothing about it.
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You'd think that even hardened Statists would look at this beach, knowing that there's typically no physical presence by the State, and begin to understand the true reason for the closing.

Even hundreds of teachers and administrators can connect those logical dots, right?
41 weeks ago
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Keep pounding the narrative. It may not be visible on the surface, but I think the national mood is changing subtly, and deeply.
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area have their own police force. Here in San Francisco we have an incredible number of police forces. SFPD, Golden Gate Recreation Area(Federals), University of California Police for the many campuses, San Francisco State University has their own cops, City College of SF (60,000 students) has their own police, and SF Parks and Recreation (has their own cops). All of these agencies get generous benefit and retirement packages. Forgot to mention California Highway Patrol who patrol our freeways as well all the Homeland Security Guys at the Federal Building.
41 weeks ago
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so no funds, but somehow the costs to close and put up barricades and staff is there.

And tell me again about the debt ceiling, because from usedebtclock.com we have passed the debt ceiling level and going up every day.

Seems that if the media doesn't report the facts, then the low information voters don't know and don't care.

And the low info voters remind me of the joke about the person asked he he knows the definition of apathy and in his ignorance responds don't know and don't care.
41 weeks ago
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Hey, Its California...and San Francisco at that...

You think they'll ever connect the dots to blame the Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Fienstien/Brown way of doing things,, or just take their anger our on "those mean old white guys who hate mexicans and gays"?

Duh.

Democrats. They are untouchable. All the sufferings, chaos, and inevitable failures of policy eminating from their Diseased Minds are always ALWAYS, someone elses fault...

I mean, if the MEDIA says its the Republicans fault, it MUST be true.

"Left Step, MARCH!"
41 weeks ago
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Petty, callous, vindictive, small minded, corrupt are just some of the words that immediately spring to mind when seeing what this disgusting REGIME and Incompetent USURPER gets up to.
41 weeks ago
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And to think these little ones parents doubtlessly voted for this simpering , tantrum throw he child ..

Consequences writ large..
41 weeks ago
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"I truly hope you're right, but how many of these incidents that we are so keenly aware of because we know where to look are being kept out of the public eye by the media?"

There is a big difference between what the national news isn't covering and what local news channels are covering. All across the nation people are seeing this abuse and tyranny on their local channels and Obozo's poll numbers are plummeting. The national news can only shield him but so far when the local channels are getting a pick up in viewers because of these outrages against the people.
41 weeks ago
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The local media has been instrumental in this story. They do have influence. Recall that back in 1993 the national media saw no story at all in the House Banking Scandal. The media in the cities of all the Congressman with huge overdrafts saw big stories.

This is similar. The national media has again yawned but these closures are devastating many local economies. The business people who have been ordered to close are known by the local media. They advertise in the local media. The local stories have nor been positive to Obama.

Then there is word of mouth. 170 people are out of work at Cliff House. How many relatives and friends have heard the story directly from them? Fall color season is huge for small businesses in Western North Carolina. Many people know the owner of the Pisgah Inn and are talking among themselves.
41 weeks ago
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what about the children?
oh, wait, it might hurt Republicans?
Can we abort them? would that help. the liberal said
41 weeks ago
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Hey, Kenya called. They want their 3rd world dictator back.
41 weeks ago
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Well, the president finally found some people to pick on who are his intellectual equivalents. Now who is going to deliver the needed spanking?
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